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Prestwich Cricket Club to host Engand's Ashes heroes

The Heys Ground will host the special match on Friday Credit: Prestwich Cricket Club

Prestwich Cricket Club will play host to England cricket royalty on Friday, when two heroes of the 2005 Ashes series take to the pitch.

Fast bowlers Steve Harmison and Simon Jones will be rolling back the years - almost 11 years to the day they helped to clinch one of the most dramatic victories in Test history.

The duo will be playing for the PCA England Masters side against Prestwich's 1st team, in a 20-over game at The Heys ground, off Heys Road, beginning at 4pm. The match will raise money for grassroots cricket and a flood appeal.

Back on August 7th 2005, Harmison took the wicket of last man Michael Kasprowicz, caught down the legside by wicketkeeper Geraint Jones, to give England victory against Australia by just two runs.

Today, it is still regarded as one of the greatest-ever Test Matches. Simon Jones also played a heroic role in the series, taking 19 wickets in four Tests.

Three former Lancashire players will be part of the all-star line-up: batsman Neil Fairbrother; fast bowler Saj Mahmood; and all-rounder Phil DeFreitas, who tasted Ashes success in 1986.

Steve Harmison is coming to Prestwich Credit: Anthony Devlin / PA Archive/Press Association Images

It promises to be a fantastic spectacle, seeing so many players who have reached the top of the game performing on our doorstep. We are privileged to host the game to raise funds for grassroots cricket and the LCCC Flood Line Appeal. We really hope many cricket fans will come along to get a glimpse of what made these stars such well-known names in the sport.

– Prestwich Cricket Club Chairman Brian Lorenzini

Admission to the game is £5 per adult, with children free.

There will also be a photograph and autograph-signing session with the former England players.

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Lancashire triumph in T20 final

Lancashire are the T20 Blast champions after a 13-run win over Northants in the final at Edgbaston.

The Lightning triumphed in their third final appearance to win their first limited overs trophy since 1999.

They set the Steelbacks a target of 167, the highest on a low-scoring Finals Day. Alex Davis top-scored with 47 off 26 balls to be named man of the match.

Lancashire had reached the final with a 6-wicket win over Hampshire.

James Faulkner, who starred with bat and ball in the semi-final, dislocated his finger in the final. The Australian all-rounder described it as "a day I'll never forget."

James Anderson to miss final Ashes test

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Lancashire and England bowler James Anderson will miss the final test of the Ashes after failing to recover from a side strain.

Anderson picked up the injury in the third test at Edgbaston and has not been able to reach full fitness before the final test match of the summer against Australia.

Captain Alistair Cook said:

"Unfortunately he's not going to make it. He's gutted about it. He's made really good progress from where he was at Edgbaston but this is a week or so too soon."

"He bowled in the nets yesterday but at about 60-70 per cent and that's not how you go into a game. He's really gutted. The medical team have been brilliant with him but he's still about a week away."

– Alistair Cook

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Injured Buttler to be replaced by Bairstow in England team

Jos Buttler will be replaced by Jonny Bairstow in England's squad ahead of the fifth one-day international with New Zealand after the Lancashire man split the webbing on his left hand in practice on Friday morning.

Buttler has been in fine form with the bat Credit: PA Images

Less than 24 hours before the Royal London Series decider, Buttler had to leave practice at Emirates Durham to have protective bandage on the wound.

Despite having Kent gloveman Sam Billings in their ranks, England have opted for further cover behind the stumps by drafting in Yorkshireman Bairstow.

"Jonny Bairstow has been added to the squad as cover for Jos Buttler who has split the skin at the base of his thumb on his left hand," said England Cricket on Twitter.

The hosts will wait to see how Buttler's hand recovers before making a final decision on his participation on Saturday morning.

Buttler has been a key part of England's one-day international revival in the current series, hitting his country's second fastest-ever century (from 66 balls) in their national-record 408 for nine in the opening match at Edgbaston last week, having already set the record with a ton from 61 balls against Sri Lanka last year.

"Jos Buttler will be assessed in the morning," added England Cricket.

Lancashire cricketer smashes world record with 350

World record score of 350 recorded on the scoreboard at Nantwich CC Credit: MEN Syndication

Lancashire's Liam Livingstone has set a new batting world record after smashing an astonishing 350 in a 45-over game for Nantwich Town Cricket Club.

In all, Livingstone smashed 37 fours and 27 sixes in his amazing 138-ball innings.

The 21-year-old, who made his Lancashire debut last season, hit his first hundred off just 47 deliveries, blasting 10 fours and nine sixes before moving to 150 just 20 balls later for the Cheshire County Premier League side in the National Club Knockout game against Caldy Cricket Club.

Livingstone, who is from Barrow, then moved to his treble hundred off 123 balls (31 fours, 22 sixes) with the score 444-6 before bringing up 350 just fourteen balls later (34 fours, 27 sixes).

Lancashire's Liam Livingstone Credit: MEN Syndication

"It is all a bit surreal. It hasn't sunk in yet but it is a very proud day and luckily my mum and dad were there to see it.

"Unfortunately I have got training with Lancashire at 10 o'clock in the morning, so I will be having an early night.

"But sometime in the near future, I will definitely be having a few drinks to celebrate."

– Liam Livingstone

Lancashire head coach praises Anderson's test wicket record

"This is a tremendous achievement by Jimmy. To maintain such a high level of performance over such a long period of time is testament to his hard work and dedication.

"He is a fantastic ambassador for Lancashire and England and I am delighted for him."

– Lancashire's Cricket Director and Head Coach Ashley Giles
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